So what’s on my mind on this foggy crappy Tuesday?
First and foremost – a US based global company looking for a regional CIO for the Asia Pacific region. Their definition of the region includes Australia/New Zealand, Japan, India. But they won’t consider any candidates for the job who don’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese. How will Mandarin help in India or Australia? How does Cantonese help in Japan – or Shanghai for that matter?
Next, I love Taschen books. They do some of the most creative packages around and my personal collection includes two of their expensive editions: The Stanley Kubrick Archives, a sold out limited edition that weighs in at 8-1/2 pounds; and JazzLife, a huge book filled with rare photographs (the special edition is currently selling on Amazon for US$1,500). They’ve got a new book out on Magic, covering graphics and posters from the 1400s up through the present day – it weighs over 16 pounds! And Amazon in the US is currently selling it for around 35% off, which makes it very tempting.
Taschen also does these insane limited editions. Norman Mailer’s Moonfire is limited to just 12 copies, unfolds into a table and includes a genuine moon rock – for the bargain price of 68,275 pounds sterling. I’ll take two, please. Whoops, they’re sold out.
Along those lines, I missed the announcement of a new limited edition book last year, Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made. 10 separate books inside of a huge book-shaped box and exclusive access to an online database of 17,000 images, it was selling for US$1,000. But it’s sold out and I see someone’s selling one on the US Amazon site for $5,000. I actually have a personal connection to this since I worked for Robert Gaffney, the producer of the never-completed epic, for four years (which is how I came to do some work on The Shining). I don’t suppose that any of my readers are among the 1,000 people who bought this but if you are and you want to share the login and password to that online database with me, I’d be very grateful.
Nikon product announcements yesterday. Two new lenses. No new replacement for the D700 yet. Drat. I’m figuring a D700s with the same extreme low light sensor of the D3s and video capabilities (even if not HD) would be a must-buy for me. Oh Nikon, how long are you going to make me wait?
Finally, for now, Media Wonk analyzes Sony Pictures’ recent lay-off announcements. Similar to my previous employer, following a record year they are letting go of hundreds of loyal staff. The excuse is a predicted downturn in future home video sales due to forces “outside of their control.” The Wonk makes the point that most of these forces were not outside of their control but arose due to bad strategic decisions. The people who made those bad decisions all retained their jobs while those who executed the crappy strategies lost theirs. Who ever said that life was supposed to be fair?